Months of hard work paid off today for the medal winners in muaythai at the Asian Indoor Games with fourteen golds up for grabs. Eight countries qualified athletes for the bouts from all over Asia.
Host nation Turkmenistan were delighted to grab two golds and a silver during the day. In the women’s 57kg Jennet Aynazarowa pulled off a shock win against Thai champion Sirisopa Sirisak. Her team-mate Yanyl Kasiowa took silver against Thai star Yadrung ‘Chomanee’ Tehiran. And in the men’s division Mustapha Saparmyradow defeated Thailand’s Mana Samchaiyaphum on points at 67kgs.
Team Iran also had a good day Ali Zarinfar, who won silver at The World Games, taking gold against Thai champion Prawit Chilnak at 60kg. His team-mate Majid Hashim Beigi also took gold over Kazakhstan’s Emil Umayev at 81kg. As did Kievan Solemani also against Kazakstan at 75kgs defeating Vadim Loparev.
In the women’s divisions, Iran faced Vietnam’s The World Games champion Bui Yen Ly at 51 kgs, when Fatemah Yavari was devestated to lose on points. Bui delighted to continue her winning streak! And team-mate Saeehad Ghaffari lost out to Thai champion Wihantamma ‘Sawwing’ Ratchadaphon at 60kg.
Kazakstan took four silvers, with Elaman Sayasatov and Abil Galiyev both losing close decisions to Thai opponents in spite of their vast experience, it just wasn’t to be today. Thailand struck again when Chotichanin Kokkrachai won against The Philippines’ Philip Delarmino. For Delarmino the silver was a just reward having had a run of bad luck during the SEA Games and The World Games – next time is gold, he said afterwards.
Rounding out the medal count, Iraq took gold at 86kgs for Shahez Fazil against Jordan’s Mohammad Al-Barri.
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